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Old 25th September 2018, 21:56
brummiechris brummiechris is offline  
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I was home on leave and the first I knew was the 6 o'clock news. It really was appallingly handled. No wonder so many of us took the money and ran.


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Old 27th September 2018, 22:31
sparks69 sparks69 is offline  
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Originally Posted by sparks69 View Post
Looking back on "the night of the long knives" it all fell butter side up for me. After 6 months as "agency" my son was v ill so came ashore. The redundancy money kept us afloat over the years he was under treatment and eventual recovery. The pension clicked in as he went to uni. So on the whole twas good for me.
Actually I was outside in the garden building a snowman with the "help" of my youngest when number one son came out and told me BP was on the news. Half an hour later my rank operator phoned me up and gave me the good news.
Never built a snowman since !
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Old 29th January 2019, 21:59
Trevor Hall Trevor Hall is offline  
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Originally Posted by linesrg View Post
Good Evening All,

Dave Tobin retired in 2000 and I took over from him on the Rannoch. I think he may have done some ad hoc work for Trevor Hall after this but don't quote me.


Hi Richard
Dave did work for us when we started AtoBviaC to develop the new electronic BP Distance Tables in 2004. We had 10 ex Masters set up with PCs at home to calculate routes and distances using ARCS charts.
It took a couple of years and I regularly met Dave and had regular chats and visits. Margaret and Dave were big travellers often visiting Canada where they had family.
They were over in .the States on holiday when Dave took ill and he passed away shortly afterwards. I was going to meet him at the BPS centenary dinner but he was unable to make it.
I went to his funeral in Durham.
He was such a brilliant Master and BPX owed him so much as he was responsible for making a success of all their assets he had a hand in. Sulair, Iolair, Seillean and Loch Rannoch. I have spoken to so many people who were very grateful for his patient mentoring, one of the few Masters who really could delegate, and deliver withering correction when needed - even to superintendents!
Margaret sold up in Durham and has moved to Canada.
I hope you are keeping well, I have fully retired after selling A toBviaC in 2014

How’s the Land Rover club? We had a LWB tipper conversion from Foleys
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Old 29th January 2019, 23:07
stevekelly10 stevekelly10 is offline  
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Sorry to hear of Dave's demise He definitely was one of the best, I sailed with
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Old 30th January 2019, 17:44
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Sailed with Dave Tobin on the Iolair from memory. Have had a good think about him after my previous post and believe he joined Iolair as one of the mates. I had left by the time he became Master.
Smashing bloke, always ready for a good laugh.
Sad to hear of his passing.

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Old 1st October 2019, 19:17
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The1986 big redundancy is an event that I will never forget for the rest of my life. I was in Brunei on the Resolution at the time joined 6/11/85 paid off 5/2/86, I still remember it to this day I was on the stage sujiing the bulkhead at the back of the radio office when I noticed the telex spewing out paper got off the stage to alert the RO, went back on the stage and carry one with my work next thing I noticed the Oldman and the chief was in the radio office looking worried that is when I realised something was wrong I got off the stage went for a smoke when it came on the tannoy for everyone to come to the bridge where the Oldman told us we were all redundant. It was so sad seeing you people crying after the announcement.

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